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Abel Alejandre: <EM>Trinity</EM>, 2016Graphite/Acrylic on Wood
Abel Alejandre: Trinity, 2016
Graphite/Acrylic on Wood
Abel Alejandre: Public Secrets
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Coagula Curatorial  •  9 April - 22 May 2016
 
 

This exhibition comes just weeks away from a major public work installation by Alejandre, opening to the public this spring. Twelve permanent artwork panels by the artist are now in place at the Westwood/Rancho Park Metro Station, part of the Expo Line extension opening 20 May.

Public Secrets is a show of new paintings by Alejandre, who is mostly known for his meticulous graphite drawings.

Events of significance are reframed or colored by the secrets we laugh at, evangelize, believe, or run away from. Public Secrets is a new painting series that deals with conspiracies, family secrets, and UFOs. Such secrets can provide comfort as they surround us in an ordinary sort of way. The world is shaped and given a form we can recognize and somehow feel included in on the joke. The air we breathe, the technology we love and love to hate, our illnesses, our leaders and their overseers, untold histories; it is all suspect. Upon closer inspection, we see there is an invisible needle that threads and weaves rich tapestry of truths and untruths.

This is not a proper examination of such a daunting subject. It is less the anatomy of conspiracies and more a poking of the head into a mesmerizing and wonderful rabbit hole. The series is approached with curiosity. Do we not all conspire to hide our role in endeavors others might frown upon?

Abel Alejandre emigrated from Apatzingan, Mexico but considers Wilmington, California his hometown. His popular signature style is black on white, laborintensive crosshatched renderings from graphite that can take dozens of pencils and hundreds of hours to complete. He has exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. This is his second solo show with Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles.



Coagula Curatorial Website


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Coagula Curatorial
974 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 


Tel: (1) 424) 226 24 85

Osias Beert (Antwerp 1580 – 1624): <EM>Still Life of Flowers in a Stone Vase in a Niche</EM>Oil on panel, cradledOn loan from the Grasset Collection
Osias Beert (Antwerp 1580 – 1624): Still Life of Flowers in a Stone Vase in a Niche
Oil on panel, cradled
On loan from the Grasset Collection
Brueghel to Canaletto: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  The San Diego Museum of Art  •  2 April - 2 August 2016
 

This exhibition features fine still life and landscape paintings from leading Dutch, Flemish, Italian, Spanish and German artists of the 17th & 18th centuries. Made possible by a loan from a European family, of French origin with close connection to Spain, the exhibition features 40 works never before displayed publicly including landscapes ranging from masters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Barent Avercamp to the greatest of all Venetian view-painters, Canaletto. The collection is on view at the San Diego Museum, the sole venue for the exhibition.

Spanning the years 1600 to 1750, the featured works represent a turning point in history when artwork began to be collected by those other than nobility–and the art market emerged.



The San Diego Museum of Art Website


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The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA


Tel: (1) 619 232 79 31

Alexis Smith: <EM>Snapshot,</EM> 1982Magazine page, wood frame, miniature camera, and glass21 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (55.24 x 50.16 cm)Lender: Los Angeles County Museum of ArtApproved - LACMA obj
Alexis Smith: Snapshot, 1982
Magazine page, wood frame, miniature camera, and glass
21 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (55.24 x 50.16 cm)
Lender: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Approved - LACMA obj
Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  20 March - 31 July 2016
 
Organized as a companion to the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, this installation places Mapplethorpe’s art in dialogue with a selection of work by other artists made during his decade of greatest productivity. Many of the featured artists were friends or acquaintances of Mapplethorpe, and like him, they placed issues of the body and sexuality at the center of their practice. Included are works by seminal figures of the period, including Nan Goldin, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Charlesworth, Marina Abramović, Tina Barney, Andres Serrano, Peter Hujar, and Kiki Smith.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact: LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 9003
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 00

Robert Mapplethorpe: <EM>Self-portrait</EM>, 1980Printed 2008PhotographsGelatin silver printImage: 13 3/4 × 13 3/4 in. (34.93 × 34.93 cm) Primary support: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.48 × 40.32 cm) Frame: 25 1/4 × 24 1/4 in. (64.14 × 61.6 cm)Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Robert Mapplethorpe: Self-portrait, 1980
Printed 2008
Photographs
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13 3/4 × 13 3/4 in. (34.93 × 34.93 cm) Primary support: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.48 × 40.32 cm) Frame: 25 1/4 × 24 1/4 in. (64.14 × 61.6 cm)
Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  20 March - 31 July 2016
 
The Perfect Medium explores Robert Mapplethorpe's (United States, 1946-1989) body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures, and Polaroid photography; materials from his archive; portraits, still lifes, and figure studies; rare color photographs; and two seldom-seen moving image works. The exhibition also highlights the artist’s relationship to New York's sexual and artistic undergrounds, as well as his experimentation with a variety of media.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact: LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 9003
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 00

<P>Sebastião Salgado:<EM> Tigray</EM> (Ethiopia)Gelatin silver printCourtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts</P>

Sebastião Salgado: Tigray (Ethiopia)
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts

Sebastião Salgado
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES  •  The San Diego Museum of Art  •  20 February - 17 May 2016
 
The Brazilian-born artist’s black-and-white photographs are among the most influential images of our time—capturing the grim realities of industrialization in developing countries, the toll of warfare and the degradation of the natural environment. The artist’s quest to capture nature in its unspoiled original state culminated in 2013 with the publication of Genesis, a portfolio of 200 black-and-white photographs. Sebastião Salgado is the subject of the Oscar-nominated 2014 documentary The Salt of the Earth, directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders and the artist’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. In Salgado's native Brazil, he and his wife founded the Instituto Terra, a reforestation project whose greenhouses produce more than one million seedlings a year.

On view is a selection of works by Salgado from The San Diego Museum of Art's permanent collection and from the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Museum of Photographic Arts.

The San Diego Museum of Art Website


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The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA


Tel: (1) 619 232 79 31

<EM>The Vampire,</EM> 1855, Charles Meryon, etching on laid paper. Courtesy of Richard A. Simms
The Vampire, 1855, Charles Meryon, etching on laid paper. Courtesy of Richard A. Simms
Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  J. Paul Getty Museum  •  9 February - 15 May 2016
 
In the mid 19th century, French artists began depicting shadowy, often nocturnal or twilight scenes in which forms appear to emerge out of darkness. This quest for darkened realms led them to explore new subject matter, such as dream states and non-idealized representations of contemporary life.

The range and availability of black drawing materials exploded with the Industrial Revolution, along with improvements in working methods. This coincided with an interest in painterly techniques, not only in drawing but also in printmaking. It is impossible to say what influences came first, but what followed was a graphic exploration of darkness that constitutes an important moment in the history of Modernism.

This exhibition examines the inspiration that artists drew from their materials, and their expression of darkness in all its imaginative and narrative associations. Works are drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and loans from private and public Los Angeles collections.

Contact: J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679
Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

Still from <EM>Un Ballo in Maschera</EM>, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital videoCourtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Still from Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2004, High definition digital video
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.
Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum  •  20 December 2015 - 2 January 2017
 
 

Our hearts beat to the rhythms of biological time and continents drift in geological time, while we set our watches to the precision of Naval time. Time may be easy to measure, but it is challenging to understand. Five leading contemporary artists of Africa explore temporal strategies to convey how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies climb, dance, and dissolve in six works of video and film, or “time-based” art. Characters and the actions they depict repeat, resist, and reverse any expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering, and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are both embodied and expressed.



Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact: Los Angeles County Museum
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 10

Katsukawa Shunsh&#333; (Japan, 1726-1792): <EM>Child Dancing with Chrysanthemum Branch</EM>Alternate Title: <EM>Kikujid¯o, Hanging scroll</EM>Ink and colors on silkGift of Caroline and Jarred Morse
Katsukawa Shunshō (Japan, 1726-1792): Child Dancing with Chrysanthemum Branch
Alternate Title: Kikujid¯o, Hanging scroll
Ink and colors on silk
Gift of Caroline and Jarred Morse
Japanese Painting: Figures from Life, Figures from Allegory
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES  •  Los Angeles County Museum of Art  •  12 December 2015 - 29 May 2016
 
This exhibition, featuring 24 figurative works of art, explores feminine beauty in the ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) manner, inspired by fashion trends popular in the entertainment quarters of Edo. As Japan’s shogunal capital from 1603 to 1868, Edo (which is now Tokyo) had a predominantly male population, with a huge contingent of samurai and tradesmen who catered to them; in this male-dominated environment, images of womanly allure became very popular.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Website


Contact: LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 9003
Tel: (1) 323 857 60 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Del Mar National Horse Show
Del Mar National Horse Show
Del Mar National Horse Show
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES  •  Del Mar Fairgrounds  •  23 April - 7 May 2016
 

The Del Mar National began in the mid-1940s as part of the annual San Diego County Fair, which occurs each June at the Fairgrounds. By the late 1970s, it had grown so large that it outgrew the confines of the county fair and became a separate event. Western and Hunter/Jumper competition comprised the then two-week show until the early 1990s, when the Dressage competition made its debut, adding a third week.

Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and show jumping.



Del Mar National Horse Show Website


Contact: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Del Mar, CA
Tel: (1) 858 755 11 61



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